40 years at the heart of child protection Celebrating 40 years at the heart of child protection In 2019 we celebrated our 40th year. In 1979 we launched as BASPCAN (British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect). Created by a group of leading child protection practitioners and academics whose aim was to provide education and professional development opportunities for those working in the child protection field, whilst also seeking to educate and inform the public about safeguarding. In 1980 the first edition of ‘BASPCAN News’ was published and we held our first AGM, and study day. In 1985 the newsletter was renamed Child Abuse Review. Now a renowned inter-professional journal for research, practice, and policy in child maltreatment. The journal has been published in its current format since 1992. Through sharing knowledge, research and examples of best practice, what started as a small inter-professional membership association grew and today we are the only multi-disciplinary professional membership association, with charitable status, of its kind. 40 Years of BASPCAN = 10 years of Congress In 1991 our first national congress was held. BASPCAN continued to hold a triennial congress, providing an opportunity for professionals from a range of disciplines from across the United Kingdom and internationally to share the latest findings from research and to debate how families may be supported and children kept safe. Congress is a dynamic time when practitioners, academics, trainers, and experts by experience come together to share ideas, learn, and reflect. See details of all our congress events here We look forward to the 2021 congress as the Association of Child Professionals.